All Fruits : Poem and students’ comments

Posted: January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized


What shall we do but find that legendary tree

Where all fruits hang? Such variety!

Papaya, melon,apricot and pear

On the same branch, sweetening the air.

We’ll sit and gaze at amber, green and gold

No better place to watch the days unfold.

The leaves make music in the silver rain

Which lights them up and stops and falls again.

All night the peaches, oranges and plums

Glow like lamps, like countless moons and suns,

Send their juices running through our dreams

Transforming us forever, or so it seems.

But where can we find this special tree?

It grows on an island in the turquoise sea,

In love with its own diversity.

Moniza Alvi

«This is a metaphor that stresses the importance of universal love, the love that embraces all mankind.» (Diogo Domingues)

«Could we, humans, follow the example of this special tree where all races could “hang”.» (João Oliveira)

«It’s an imaginary tree but we should all fight for the existence of a field where its seeds could grow. We have the responsibility to plant this tree and enjoy its fruits.» (João Albano)

«The tree is inside us. It’s up to us to find it! »( Pedro Conceição)


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